Apr 092010
 

viewfrommeridan1

Today was a another milestone for me.  It has been about a year since I flew on our company plane.  Not for any cause other than my stupid Mental Disorders.

We have the best pilot out there-“Nate”.

I feel that way because he is not only a master at his craft (I have personally witnessed him at his best as a pilot), he is also a gentleman and someone that cares about others.  Nice traits for a pilot within reach of his passengers.  It finally occurred to me that there is no one else I trust to take off in a aircraft that finds itself 22,000 feet above the ground and flying at 320 knots and only seats 6 people.  The knot is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour, which is equal to exactly 1.852 km/h and approximately 1.151 mph. That means today at 22,000 feet we were flying the equivalent of 483 mph on the ground. Then lands the plane like a flying carpet on butter.  Man he’s good.  I trust this man.  I really trust this man.  He is good to me.

Over the Wasatch

The views were spectacular today!!

 Posted by at 9:16 PM
Apr 082010
 

lookingfortroublepheasant

It’s the time when the pheasants are bold with color and courage.  Trying to impress the girl.  I just missed a scuffle with this guy and another suitor.    It was dramatic watching the two.  Just couldn’t get my camera out and all ready in time.  This is probably the winner.  The loser flew off.  And he looks like he is standing pretty tall and “cocky”.

American Coot

American coot Fulica americana


Identification Tips:

  • Length: 12 inches Wingspan: 25 inches
  • Fairly large, duck-like waterbird with short wings and a short tail
  • Very short, thick bill
  • Frequently seen both swimming and walking
  • Often flicks and cocks short tail while walking, exposing white outer undertail coverts
  • Sexes similar
  • Toes have lobed webbing, unlike gallinules

Adult:

 

  • White bill with dark reddish ring just before tip
  • White frontal shield with reddish oval near tip
  • Slate gray head, neck, back, upperwings, breast and belly

Juvenile:

 

  • Lacks the frontal shield of the adult
  • Horn-colored bill may lack ring near tip
  • Pale gray-brown head, neck, upperwings, breast and back; feathers on underparts often with paler edges

Similar species:

Common Moorhen is of similar size and shape but has a reddish bill with a yellowish tip, a white stripe along the flanks, and a brownish back.

americancootstare

A real common bird in our area.  And a real joy to watch.

 Posted by at 8:27 PM
Apr 062010
 

the last2010bald

The Bald Eagles are thinning out somewhat.    The new migrators are “flocking” in.  From now till late summer it’s an exciting time for the birders in Utah.

 Posted by at 8:24 PM
Apr 062010
 

Easychair

Is part of emergency room processes to insure that a patient must have 1 hour breaks between doctors and nurses entering the room?  Actually the waiting is not a problem this morning.  My son is here for severe abdominal pain.  At LDS Hospital they have the very best staff.  With many visits here under my belt either with my son, parent, or myself I have greatly appreciated the doctors nurses and staff.  As I wait for the results of the tests I am comforted with fact that we are in good hands.

 Posted by at 6:41 AM
Apr 042010
 

Doublecrestedcormorant

Nothing better than Sunday morning listening to migrating birds.  Oh!  And recording what I can of the funny, crazy and beautiful animals!

Americanavocetpair

The Avocets are going crazy…must be love in air.

greatblueheronhunter

The great “fisher”  Blue Heron.  In full camouflage I got a little more time with this guy.  What a specialist at fishing!

greatblueheronhunting

Like a bolt of lightning the Great Blue Heron “picks” it’s meals from the water.   I was lucky to watch for some time until………

greatblueherongoodbyesmll

The guy in the ford truck with the barking dog shows up.  You guessed it.  The dog was let out.  Either to ruffle my feathers or the birds.   Man people can be ignorant!

 Posted by at 10:14 PM
Apr 032010
 

whitefinished

I stopped by “Out of Africa” park last Thursday and found a lot of new friends.  Hiked the whole park with camera gear in tow (60 lbs).  It was a blast!!!!

GiraffefinishSome up close.

The King

Gorgeous

say ah

Hopefully not hungry.

Tiger

Incredibly beautiful.

ring tailed posefinishedLazy?

mountain pose

This is the one I dream about photographing!  If only in the wild.

 Posted by at 9:07 PM
Apr 022010
 

Duck Bath

Tonight the Doc says….”you have a little irritation around the area we fixed the torn retina”  I wonder if that is why the past few days my eye has felt like it had been dipped in acid?  Seriously I am blessed.   I feel that over time I will be fine.  The sight is no better in the eye.  But the great news is it’s not worse!

My camera gear still goes most places I do.  So tonight after a short “nap” in my truck.  (should not be driving under the influence of xanax.}  I stopped at FBBR.  Found this gorgeous duck.  With only a half an eye working I assumed it was gorgeous.  When I brought it up at home I was amazed.  A beautiful animal.  The late and very short sun reflecting on the water helped a little.  I  guessed a little with the depth of field.  So it’s not perfect.  I do love the colors however.

 Posted by at 9:43 PM
Mar 282010
 

AVOCET TAKE OFF

It really can be more about the technology and equipment than just talent.  That’s the case for me, especially now…..

About a year ago my left eye went “wacko”.  A big white blob took over a portion of my sight area. The Doc said I would get used to it.  I guess he never had a big white blob in his eye.  I shoot through my camera with my left eye.  The world was coming to an end!  Have you ever photographed with the wrong eye?  It’s like writing left handed.  A new method of shooting had to be obtained and conquered.

momanddad

I found myself dancing with my camera.  Changing eye to eye.  Every shot seemed blurry.  Luck and odds helped produce a couple of keepers.

thoseeys

Then all heck broke loose this last Friday.  My right eye went really “wacko”.  I was seeing spider webs, streaks, blobs, bugs, kitchen sink, etc.   The eye doctor agreed to see me at 11:00 p.m. Friday night.

“I’m concerned about your eye” the Doc said.  Really?  If your concerned, pass the Xanax please!!!!!!   Like an idiot I was not worried about work, or reading, or driving.  I was worried about photography!  Kinda shows how shallow I am.   I had been asked by some dear friends to photograph their daughter the next morning (yesterday)at a dance competition.   They have done tons for me!  There is just about no way to pay them back for their efforts in my behalf.  I couldn’t let them down.  Especially their daughter.  It was her day.

Camera in hand, looking through milk, spider webs and the such with my eyes I was depending on the technology I was carrying.  A digital camera with auto white balance, auto focus, and almost auto everything.   Just point and shoot…at 3200 ISO and 9 frames a second.

sydsmile

About a minute and a half dance program.  174 frames later the camera (Nikon D3) and the lens (Nikon 70-200 2.8) saved the day!  Yes I pointed and shot.  The subject-a beautiful young lady fell in the frame of my camera.  Her talent and beauty captured by new technology and sheer luck.   Her talent and beauty…from her mother.  The caring and concern…..her father.

 Posted by at 9:03 PM
Mar 212010
 

American Goldfinch

Sitting on the TV room floor photographing through an open window in the back door.  Yes I am desperate for more shooting.  My back porch is a buffet for birds.  Multiple hangers with a large variety of food choices.  This morning was my first attempt at capturing a few good shots.   It’s more difficult than I expected.  Loaded with my flash extender my hope was to get that perfect rim light.  I have a lot of work to do.  A lot to learn.


BAck Finch

  • Size & Shape

    A small finch with a short, conical bill and a small, head, long wings, and short, notched tail.

  • Color Pattern

    Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.

  • Behavior

    These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.

  • Habitat

    The goldfinch’s main natural habitats are weedy fields and floodplains, where plants such as thistles and asters are common. They’re also found in cultivated areas, roadsides, orchards, and backyards. American Goldfinches can be found at feeders any time of year, but most abundantly during winter.

 Posted by at 12:06 PM
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